Timeless heartthrob Keanu Reeves and famed visual artist and philanthropist Alexandra Grant made their official debut as a couple during LACMA’s Art + Film Gala red carpet event in Los Angeles. The two go way back, as they’ve been longtime collaborators on a variety of projects and book publications including “Shadows”, “Ode to Happiness” and “X Artists Imprint”, part of the Reeves and Grant’s independent press which publishes interdisciplinary and unconventional featured artist books.
The internet has been gushing over the dynamic duo, though this wasn’t the first time that the pair have been spotted holding hands or displaying PDA. The two have been seemingly loved up at several public appearances (as ‘business partners’)together dating back to a decade ago. Reeves, 55, and Grant, 46, have been close friends for years, with a source telling People magazine “They started dating earlier this year, but have wanted to keep it quiet. Keanu wants to openly share his life with her. He is extremely happy and grateful to have Alex in his life.”
Paper Magazine commented on the pair’s ‘age-appropriateness’, where Katherine Gillespie aptly noted “Grant has visibly gray hair, as do all women older than 35 without the use of hair dye. The fact she still visually reads as older than Keanu is way too heavy and depressing an issue to digress into here; suffice to say if you’re a dude you probably don’t get quite how much of a relief it is to see a woman boldly looking her literal age while holding hands with one of Hollywood’s most established leading men. It’s not just an uncommon sight — it’s completely unheard of. People on Twitter are out here comparing Grant to HELEN MIRREN, who is similarly gorgeous but also 74 years old AKA almost 30 years her senior. God.”
Grant’s art work is featured in public collections including the LA County Museum of Art, where her are Reeves were spotted on Saturday. Her works examine language and written texts through painting, sculpture, film and photography among other mediums, drawing on her exchanges with writers as sources of inspiration for much of the work. Speaking on the conception of her and Keanu’s new publication XAB (launched officially during the summer of 2017), Alexa explained that their intention was not to create exhibition catalogues or artists’ monologues, rather, feature “unusual collaboration [books that] “don’t really have a place because they’re between genres”. In an interview with LA Mag where she talked about the overarching ‘socially conscious’ themes and artistry that distinguish XAB, Grant explained “Thematically we’re really interested in darkness and politics. We’re also interested in marginal voices that are exciting, and in exploring the performative and experimental. I think a book can become a seed, a DNA for world-building.”